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is the capital and most populous
city of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia and the second largest city in
Spain. Barcelona is a major economic centre with one of Europe's principal
Mediterranean ports, and Barcelona International Airport is the second largest
Madrid-Barajas Airport. Barcelona is today an important cultural
centre and a major tourist destination and has a rich cultural heritage.
Particularly renowned are architectural works of Antoni Gaudí and Lluís Domčnech
i Montaner that have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city is
well known in recent times for the 1992 Summer Olympics. The headquarters of the
Union for the Mediterranean are located in Barcelona.